Category: Popular Culture

By David Albert Jones

The booklet of Genesis depicts them as doing unusual things--mating with the daughters of fellows to spawn giants, for instance, and wrestling with Jacob for no obvious cause. In It's an excellent Life, Frank Capra spun a story of 1 as a bumbling helper of people; in Wings of Desire, Wim Wenders instructed of 1 who wanted to be human. they're angels, after all, they usually have involved us due to the fact that recorded historical past began.

In Angels, David Albert Jones offers a crisp, broad-ranging survey of angels in theology, philosophy, and pop culture. concentrating on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, he examines how angels were imagined and defined, and why they proceed to captivate us. Jones explores the classical discussion--what they're made up of, after they got here to be, what percentage there are, and even if someone ever did ask what number may well dance at the head of a pin. He names the archangels, surveys different hierarchies, and examines how they've got replaced over the years. Jones explains, for instance, how cherubim turned cherubs, and why angels within the Hebrew Bible tend to be male, yet in later paintings grew to become androgynous, or perhaps lady through the 20th century. The e-book explores the concept that devil was once a fallen angel (a trust now not shared through Islam), and appears at demons and exorcism. yet Jones concentrates on sturdy angels, of their roles as messengers, guardians, or helpers. He seems at why the assumption of angels is still so appealing, and so effective in sleek culture--even between nonbelievers.

From scripture to cinema, Jones bargains a sweeping, available creation to this outstanding phenomenon. even if we think in angels or no longer, he argues, the learn in their function in cultures earlier and current can train us a lot approximately humanity.

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Status + Fortune
Respectability politics, trophy better halves, Mad males struggle to the death!

Letter from the HQ

Letters & Comments

Love It/Shove It

Comics Alliance: Inking outdoors the Box

The complain List

||| at the Town—The politics of homosexual bars as secure spaces

||| at the Stage—A Q&A with Jesusa Rodríguez

||| On Screen—May the advertisements be ever on your favorite...a starvation Games/Mad males infographic

::: In Richness and in Wealth—What does it suggest to be a modern day trophy wife?

::: No Disrespect—Black girls and the politics of respectability

::: cross Ask Alice—A Q&A with writer and punk veteran Alice Bag

::: 15 Megabytes of Fame—Penelope Trunk and the unreliable on-line narrator

::: Gossip Grrrl—Can famous person Gossip Ever Be Feminist?

\\\ energetic Duty—Two new books discover activism and antiassimilation

\\\ Dance Dance Revolution?—Waltzing round the factor of queer visibility on TV

\\\ by no means Say Nothing—A short background of "cunt" in pop music

Adventures in Feministory Comics: while Evelyn Nesbit Met Nell Brinkley by way of Ellen Lindner

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By Dan Becker

Ever crack open a can of leader Oshkosh of Wisconsin, or pattern Pabst's titanic Cat Malt Liquor? take into account the unique St. Pauli woman, Tennent's bevy of lager lovelies, or Olde Frothingslosh ("the light stale ale with the froth at the bottom")? provided alphabetically by means of model, the approximately 500 cans gathered right here come from thirty international locations and diversity from the long-lasting to the imprecise to the downright extraordinary. From long-forgotten brews to vintage manufacturers that experience replaced their glance yet by no means long gone out of fashion, Beer bargains a peek into the final century of beer tradition, exploring what we drank, how we drank it, and why we picked it off the shelf. whereas it may possibly no longer be as clean as a frosty chilly can of Bud, cracking open this ebook is bound to stimulate beer enthusiasts and layout enthusiasts alike.

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By Maja Bajac-Carter, Norma Jones, Bob Batchelor, K. A. Laity, Mauricio Espinoza

Despite the starting to be significance of heroines throughout literary culture—and revenues figures that exhibit either younger grownup and females are interpreting approximately heroines in droves, relatively in photograph novels, comedian books, and YA literature—few scholarly collections have tested the advanced relationships among the representations of heroines and the altering societal roles for either girls and men.

In Heroines of comedian Books and Literature: Portrayals in well known Culture, editors Maja Bajac-Carter, Norma Jones, and Bob Batchelor have chosen essays by means of award-winning members that supply a number of views at the representations of heroines in today’s society. taken with published media, this assortment seems to be at heroic ladies depicted in literature, picture novels, manga, and comedian books. Addressing heroines from such assets because the surprise and DC comedian universes, manga, and the Twilight novels, individuals transcend the account of girls as moms, better halves, warriors, goddesses, and damsels in distress.

These attractive and critical essays situate heroines inside tradition, revealing them as tricky and self-sufficient adult females who usually holiday the boundaries of gender expectancies in areas readers would possibly not anticipate. examining how ladies are and feature been represented in print, this better half quantity to Heroines of movie and Television will attract students of literature, rhetoric, and media in addition to to broader audiences which are drawn to portrayals of girls in renowned culture.

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By Terrence R. Wandtke

"For a long time, students were making the relationship among the layout of the superhero tale and the mythology of the traditional folktale. relocating past uncomplicated comparisons and customary causes, this quantity information how the workings of the superhero comics and the conventions of the medium have constructed a tradition like that of conventional epic storytelling. It chronicles the continuation of the oral/traditional tradition of the early twentieth century superhero within the unending adaptations on Superman and exhibits how Frederic Wertham's anti-comic campaign within the mid-1950s helped make comics the main countercultural new medium of the 20 th century. by means of revealing how modern superhero comics, like Geoff Johns' eco-friendly Lantern and Warren Ellis's The Authority, attach conventional aesthetics and postmodern theories, this paintings explains why the superhero comedian booklet prospers within the "new conventional" form of our acutely self-conscious electronic age."

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By Peter Sutherland

With an eye fixed for type, Sutherland captures all the gritty glory and glamour of the graffiti global and its warriors. gathered for the 1st time in Autograf: long island City’s Graffiti Writers, Sutherland offers a never-before-seen chronicle of the folks and locations that populate New York’s famed graf scene. that includes old-school legends FUTURA, remain excessive 149, woman purple and DOZE, in addition to new-school writers COPE 2, CLAW, KR, CYCLE, KAWS, SACER, EARSNOT, SERF, fee, CINIK, alien ship, and DSENSE, between many others, every one of the fifty-three images is authentically tagged by means of the person writers utilizing an analogous paint markers that introduced them status. Complemented by way of a hundred and sixty panorama pictures and that includes handwritten textual content via mythical recluse REVS, Autograf is the single e-book to show off ny City’s graffiti scene because it was once created and outlined through the most prolific artists of our time.

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By Sabine Hake

Too frequently disregarded as escapist leisure or vilified as mass manipulation, renowned cinema within the 3rd Reich was once in reality sustained through well-established widely used conventions, cultural traditions, aesthetic sensibilities, social practices, and a hugely constructed superstar system—not not like its Hollywood counterpart within the Thirties. This pathfinding research contributes to the continued reassessment of 3rd Reich cinema through analyzing it as a social, cultural, fiscal, and political perform that frequently conflicted with, contradicted, and compromised the intentions of the Propaganda Ministry. however, via offering the appearance of a public sphere possibly freed from politics, renowned cinema helped to maintain the Nazi regime, specially in the course of the struggle years.

Rather than interpreting 3rd Reich cinema via overdetermined different types reminiscent of propaganda, ideology, or fascist aesthetics, Sabine Hake concentrates at the constituent parts shared by means of most well-liked cinemas: recognized stars, administrators, and studios; motion picture audiences and exhibition practices; renowned genres and new tendencies in set layout; the reception of international motion pictures; the function of movie feedback; and the illustration of girls. She can pay specified consciousness to the pressured coordination of the in 1933, the altering calls for on cinema in the course of the struggle years, and some of the methods of coming to phrases with those filmic legacies after the battle. all through, Hake's findings underscore the continuities between Weimar, 3rd Reich, and post-1945 West German cinema. in addition they emphasize the codevelopment of German and different nationwide cinemas, particularly the dominant Hollywood model.

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By Robert Arp

The sharp-shooting authors in Justified and Philosophy take target at some of the comparable philosophical difficulties that the Justified television sequence grapples with. for example, is Tim Olyphant's personality, Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, morally justified in utilizing his Wild-Wild-West-style vigilante strategies to wash up Harlan County, Kentucky? in spite of everything, the meth buyers, thieves, murderers, and different low-life scumbags all deserve what is coming to them, correct? no longer so speedy, Quick-Draw McGraw! What concerning the legislations? What a few thorough and whole research of concerns sooner than shelling out so-called "justice"? What in regards to the notion of the punishment becoming the crime?

Deputy Marshal Givens wears a white hat and fights the "bad men" so he needs to be a "good guy," correct? His rivals are violent drug purchasers, white supremacists, and thieves. Givens consists of a badge, but if he shoots or kills humans, is it usually justified? What different selection does he have? could the other procedure be as powerful in rural jap Kentucky the place illegal activity is likely one of the few achievable thoughts for creating wealth? different chapters delve right into a number of interesting philosophical issues that emerge during this modern day cowboy show.

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By Tim Hanley

2015 Amelia Bloomer undertaking List

This shut examine ask yourself Woman’s background portrays a classy heroine who's greater than only a girl Superman with a golden lasso and bullet-deflecting bracelets. the unique ask yourself girl was once sooner than her time, advocating woman superiority and some great benefits of matriarchy within the Nineteen Forties. while, her writer stuffed the comics with titillating bondage imagery, and beauty lady was once tied up as usually as she stored the area. within the Nineteen Fifties, ask yourself lady begrudgingly endured her superheroic project, wishing she may perhaps calm down along with her boyfriend as a substitute, all whereas always hinting at hidden lesbian leanings. whereas different girl characters improved as women’s lib took off within the overdue Nineteen Sixties, ask yourself lady fell backwards, wasting her superpowers and flitting from guy to guy. Ms. magazine and Lynda Carter restored ask yourself Woman’s feminist energy within the Nineteen Seventies, turning her right into a robust image as her checkered earlier was once quick forgotten. Exploring this misplaced background provides new dimensions to the world’s such a lot liked woman personality, and Wonder girl Unbound delves into her comedian ebook and its spin-offs in addition to the myriad motivations of her creators to showcase the strange trip that ended in ask yourself Woman’s iconic status.

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